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Sheep Mountain 3567 & 3397 - Salt River, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Phoenix > Mesa NE
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Difficulty 4 of 5
Route Finding 4 of 5
Distance Round Trip 8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,568 feet
Elevation Gain 1,100 feet
Accumulated Gain 3,500 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 25.5
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Peak
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2  2015-01-17
Sheep Mountain 3567 - Salt River
50  2014-12-19
Sheep Mountain 3567 Recon
8  2011-12-16 BobP
3  2011-12-16 uphill_junkie
6  2011-12-16 joebartels
10  2011-12-02 BobP
12  2011-12-02 joebartels
Author HAZ_Hikebot
author avatar Guides 16,879
Routes 15,956
Photos 24
Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
Age 22 Male Gender
Location TrailDEX, HAZ
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Preferred   Apr, Oct, May, Mar
Sun  7:08am - 6:12pm
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Sheep Mountain 3567 & 3397 - Salt River is a 8 mile round trip hike with 3,500 feet accumulated elevation gain. Located 23 miles east-northeast of Mesa Arizona. A high clearance 4x4 vehicle and a competent driver is recommended to access the trailhead. April and October are the best months to enjoy this hike. This hike involes off trail navigation. Review triplogs, photos and the route to understand the terrain before heading out.

Overview: Several approaches are available. Simple high clearance would be from Cottonwood Camp. 2.77mi 4x4 up from 401A. Shortest would probably be by watercraft.

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This is a moderately difficult hike.

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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Map Drive
    Strictly 4x4

    To Cottonwood Camp Trailhead
    From Scottsdale follow Shea Blvd East to its terminus at SR87. Turn Left onto SR87. Follow SR87(this is the Beeline) to the Four Peaks Turnoff which is FR143. FR143 is well marked. Follow FR143 to FR 401. Hang a right onto FR401 and follow past Cottonwood Camp. Park anywhere, behind the corral is more concealed.

    Several of the hikes posted from this trailhead go south. You can continue 0.5 miles south to where FR401 ascends out of Cottonwood Creek up the side of a mountain. It's absolute 4WD beyond. You will know as it turns from sand to cobblestone sized rocks. Getting here is only doable in high clearance, dry conditions and it's slightly risky depending on current conditions.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 46.4 mi - about 1 hour 20 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 144 mi - about 2 hours 47 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 173 mi - about 3 hours 21 mins
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